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22nd Apr '17 1:47:05 PM Mineboot45
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* "[[https://what-if.xkcd.com/35/ Hair Dryer]]" discusses what would happen if an indestructible, continuously-powered hair dryer were put into an airtight 1x1x1 meter box. Who would've guessed that the box would [[spoiler:burn the Northwest Territories and leave Earth's atmosphere]]?
22nd Apr '17 1:29:17 PM Mineboot45
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* [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/42/ Longest Sunset]] kicks off the article by defining what qualifies as a sunset and what doesn't. Examples of the latter include the sun crossing the horizon partway and then reversing direction (AltText: "the sun changes its mind and goes back to bed"), the sun ''splitting in two via osmosis'' and half of it setting ("this is half a sunset"), the sun ''landing on the horizon and hatching like an egg'' ("you bred sun-raptors?"), and a ''[[VideoGame/Minecraft square sun]]'' that doesn't get a chance to do anything before the narration cuts it off ("aww, man, you didn't even let me try").

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* [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/42/ Longest Sunset]] kicks off the article by defining what qualifies as a sunset and what doesn't. Examples of the latter include the sun crossing the horizon partway and then reversing direction (AltText: "the sun changes its mind and goes back to bed"), the sun ''splitting in two via osmosis'' and half of it setting ("this is half a sunset"), the sun ''landing on the horizon and hatching like an egg'' ("you bred sun-raptors?"), and a ''[[VideoGame/Minecraft ''[[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} square sun]]'' that doesn't get a chance to do anything before the narration cuts it off ("aww, man, you didn't even let me try").
29th Mar '17 11:14:32 PM Anomalocaris20
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* [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/53/ Drain the Oceans]]. Sure, the oceans would be gone and with them most of the biosphere and planetary habitability, but the real major change is [[spoiler: The Netherlands conquering the planet.]]
** In [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/54/ Drain the Oceans: Part II]], after the ocean is finished being deposited at Mars, [[spoiler:the Netherlands use the ocean-draining portal to conquer Mars as well]].

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* [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/53/ Drain the Oceans]]. Sure, the oceans would be gone and with them most of the biosphere and planetary habitability, but the real major change is [[spoiler: The Netherlands conquering the planet.]] Also, Munroe decides that since all that water has to go ''somewhere'', the exit portal should be on Mars to avoid any risk of atmospheric re-entry. Innocuous enough as is, but he then specifies that it should be placed [[spoiler:directly over [[ButtMonkey the Curiosity rover]], so that it can finally find water on Mars.]]
** In [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/54/ Drain the Oceans: Part II]], after the ocean is finished being deposited at Mars, [[spoiler:the Netherlands use the now-empty ocean-draining portal to conquer Mars as well]].
29th Mar '17 10:57:06 PM Anomalocaris20
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* [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/8/ Everybody Jump]]. A rather simple question of kinematics becomes [[spoiler: [[ApocalypseHow a dire civilisation-ending catastrophe]].]]

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* [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/8/ Everybody Jump]]. A rather simple question of kinematics becomes [[spoiler: [[ApocalypseHow a dire civilisation-ending catastrophe]]. Not because of the kinematics at all (which amount to nothing), but simply because the question presupposes magically gathering every human into one location, with no implied way back home.]]
21st Feb '17 9:15:49 PM RichardX1
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* A one-page story at the end of an otherwise standard issue poses the question: "What if Magneto were in an elevator with Colossus, Iron Man, and Doctor Doom?" The final panel shows him struggling to step out of the elevator with the other three attached to him.
17th Jan '17 11:15:54 PM AuraXtreme
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* [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/148/ Eat the Sun]] has an interesting line near its conclusion.
-->At the end of [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/96 this article]], we imagined a galaxy full of habitable planets, each one hosting 7 billion clones of former solicitor general Ted Olson. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Don't ask.]])
12th Jan '17 1:16:14 PM AuraXtreme
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* [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/42/ Longest Sunset]] kicks off the article by defining what qualifies as a sunset and what doesn't. Examples of the latter include the sun crossing the horizon partway and then reversing direction (AltText: "the sun changes its mind and goes back to bed"), the sun ''splitting in two via osmosis'' and half of it setting ("this is half a sunset"), the sun ''landing on the horizon and hatching like an egg'' ("you bred sun-raptors?"), and a ''square sun'' that doesn't get a chance to do anything before the narration cuts it off ("aww, man, you didn't even let me try").

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* [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/42/ Longest Sunset]] kicks off the article by defining what qualifies as a sunset and what doesn't. Examples of the latter include the sun crossing the horizon partway and then reversing direction (AltText: "the sun changes its mind and goes back to bed"), the sun ''splitting in two via osmosis'' and half of it setting ("this is half a sunset"), the sun ''landing on the horizon and hatching like an egg'' ("you bred sun-raptors?"), and a ''square sun'' ''[[VideoGame/Minecraft square sun]]'' that doesn't get a chance to do anything before the narration cuts it off ("aww, man, you didn't even let me try").
22nd Dec '16 12:55:05 AM NanoMoose
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* In "[[http://what-if.xkcd.com/104/ Global Snow]]" a small duck pond full of an inch worth of water made into snow is shown shrinking due to it's own weight with a small duck in winter gear sitting on top waiting for it to become a pond again.

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* In "[[http://what-if.xkcd.com/104/ Global Snow]]" a small duck pond full of an inch worth of water made into snow is shown shrinking due to it's its own weight with a small duck in winter gear sitting on top waiting for it to become a pond again.
18th Nov '16 9:43:38 AM crazysamaritan
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-->The upshot is: Your plane would fly pretty well, [[YesExceptNo except]] it would be on fire the whole time, and then it would [[FromBadToWorse stop flying]], and then [[CriticalExistenceFailure stop being a plane]].

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-->The upshot is: Your plane [[ByNoIMeanYes would fly pretty well, [[YesExceptNo except]] it would be on fire the whole time, and then it would [[FromBadToWorse stop flying]], and then [[CriticalExistenceFailure stop being a plane]].
23rd Jul '16 8:47:11 PM Tuckerscreator
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* The conclusion of [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/151/ Sun Bug]]. A firefly large enough for its luminous organs to be as bright as the Sun [[spoiler:turns out as large as our solar system, then collapsing under its own weight to become the biggest black hole in the universe.]]
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